It's the art of bringing people to agree on a certain course of action. If that course of action succeeds, the people are satisfied. If not, they're not. It's as simple as that. If it works, it's good. Period.
Isn't that exactly what you said 'why politics doesn't work anymore'? That politics, you said, needed to become the 'art of the impossible'?
Who's side are you on?
Her's, obviously. She's intelligent, gracious and more attractive.